Weekend reading: Just the links, ma’am

What caught my eye this week.

Sorry guys, I am up against it this evening so no devastating hot take preamble from me today.

As ever though, thoughtful responses on the articles featured this week are more than welcome in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

From Monevator

Should you hold cash instead of bonds? – Monevator

From the archive-ator: Reasons to rent a house instead of buying – Monevator


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Social Market Foundation proposes 10% capital gains tax on own homes – ThisIsMoney

Small investors take to high-risk punts during lockdown – Guardian

Are banks playing fair when they close the last branch in town – Which?

‘Burrito Bond’ chain Chilango goes into administration – ThisIsMoney

Mortality rates from Covid-19 around the world – John Hopkins University

Products and services

Robinhood abandons plans to come to the UK, set to delete 200,000 wait list… – TechCrunch

No worries, we’ve already got Freetrade! Sign-up to via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade

Eat Out to Help Out: the restaurants taking part and the discount rules explained – Which?

Club Lloyds customers to earn less interest in latest cut to current account perks – ThisIsMoney

Homes for sale by the sea in the UK [Gallery]Guardian

Comment and opinion

Dividends are not dead, but your strategy might need recharging [Search result]FT

There is nothing wrong with a traditional career – Of Dollars and Data

Eight timeless contributions for everyone from Warren Buffett – Validea

Crash test – Humble Dollar

The days of the 60/40 portfolio giving equity-like returns are over – The Irrelevant Investor

Why most people are so bad at stockpicking – Financial Ducks in a Row

Needles in the haystack we call Twitter – Abnormal Returns

Pandemonium – Indeedably

Five midyear questions for disappointed investors – Bloomberg BNN

Now is the right time to hedge against unexpected inflation – Market Watch

Generational wealth inequality – A Wealth of Common Sense

Leasehold mini-special

England’s leasehold system is crumbling. Freeholders’ fightback will be nasty – Guardian

Should we ban leasehold property? [Search result]FT

Naughty corner: Active antics

What does the democractization of share trading mean for valuations? – Medium

Debt investment trusts: For the brave only – IT Investor

Active management has become a game of musical chairs – Behavioural Investing

Mid-year FTSE and S&P CAPE ratio review – UK Value Investor

A deep dive into Bill Ackman’s new SPAC – CNBC

Is hedge fund secrecy a sign of skill or a red flag? – Institutional Investor

Tesla agnostic – Ramp Capital

Stocks suffer a seasonal headwind, starting now – Sentiment Trader

Coronavirus corner

America is sleepwalking towards catastrophe – Vox

25 Swedish doctors warn against the Swedish response to Covid-19… – USA Today

…yet fact is daily deaths are now down to single digits, without a lockdown – BBC

Fermented cabbage may provide some protection against Covid-19 – Eat This, Not That

The pandemic / lockdown seems to have reduced the number of babies born prematurely – NYT

In Italy, the coronavirus exposed the West’s weakest link – The Atlantic


UK must “face possibility” of no deal on future with EU by end of transition – Sky News

Marina Hyde: Get set for the next round of Britain’s Brexit brinkmanship – Guardian

Kindle book bargains

Drink?: The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health by Professor David Knutt – £0.99 on Kindle

The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by Niall Kishtainy- £1.99 on Kindle

When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein – £0.99 on Kindle

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben – £0.99 on Kindle

Off our beat

Researchers find earliest confirmed case of smallpox in the Viking era – Guardian

Forget getting credit. Do the work – Ryan Holiday

Boom time for death planning – New York Times

The parrot king – Audubon [via Abnormal Returns]

And finally…

“Investment is essentially the arbitrage of ignorance.”
– Jim Slater, The Zulu Principle

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